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Scottish Parliament to mark Diabetes UK’s 75th anniversary

The Scottish Parliament is to mark the 75th anniversary of Diabetes UK with a private member’s debate.

The debate, proposed by Karen Whitefield MSP for Airdrie and Shotts, congratulates Diabetes UK on their work improving the lives of people with diabetes and acknowledges the particular role of Scots in the history of diabetes research.

Particular contribution of Scots

The motion states: “That the Parliament congratulates Diabetes UK on its 75th anniversary, which it celebrates in 2009; notes, in this year of Homecoming, the particular contribution of Scotland and Scots to the work of Diabetes UK and to diabetes research, including RD Lawrence who founded the organisation with HG Wells in 1934, JR McLeod who shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of insulin and John Ireland who co-designed and developed the insulin pen.”

Managing diabetes for 75 years

Along with representatives from Diabetes UK Scotland the debate is to be attended by relations of Professor MacLeod and also 77-year-old Janet Rae (pictured) who has had diabetes for 75 years.

Mrs Rae from Prestwick, Ayrshire was diagnosed with diabetes in 1933 when she was only 18 months and has since had administer herself more than 29,000 doses of insulin.

Delighted to mark 75 years improving lives

And now Janet is delighted that after 75 years living with the condition she can be at the Parliament to mark the 75 years that Diabetes UK has been working to improve the lives of people with diabetes.

Very special

Janet said: “I feel very special that I can attend Parliament to watch this debate.

“I have had diabetes for my whole life, and I have received such amazing care and advice from the doctors, nurses and Diabetes UK that I want to be there when that work is recognised by the Parliament.”

Diabetes UK

Director of Diabetes UK Scotland Jane-Claire Judson welcomed the debate and pledged Diabetes UK would continue to work to improve the lives of people with diabetes.

She said: “75 years ago, Diabetes UK was created and although we have worked tirelessly to improve the health of the nation, diabetes is now one of the biggest health challenges facing Scotland.

“With the help of our many supporters we will continue to raise awareness of diabetes and its complications. We are delighted, for instance, that the Scottish Parliament are recognising the role Scots have played in the development of diabetes treatments including the discovery of insulin and indeed in the creation of what was to become Diabetes UK. The debate in the Parliament will also be looking forward to discussing the future direction of diabetes care from the Scottish NHS.

Diabetes UK Scotland

“Diabetes UK Scotland is now in an excellent place to provide information and support for healthcare professionals, researchers and people with diabetes. Our mission is to improve the lives of people with diabetes and work towards a world without diabetes. This year Diabetes UK will commit to spend around £8 million funding a variety of research projects, much of which will support researchers in Scotland.”

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